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The Genetic Testing Clinic (GTC) is a clinic run by a group of genetic counselors at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The GTC team works closely with doctors throughout the
hospital to coordinate genetic testing for their patients.
The GTC team can:
Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with specialized education and training to help patients and families understand and cope with genetic conditions. They also have advanced training on how to interpret genetic testing results.
They can provide expert guidance about:
You were referred to the GTC because the doctor thinks that there could be a genetic reason for your child’s health concerns.
You will meet with a genetic counselor to talk about the genetic testing that your doctor recommended. They will review the testing and answer your questions. The genetic counselor will ask about your child’s development and medical history, and about other family members’ health. This information helps us to ensure that each patient gets the right kind of genetic test.
A child’s parent or legal guardian must be present to provide consent for genetic testing. It is not strictly necessary for the child to be present, since there will not be a physical exam.
If you decide to proceed with genetic testing, we will work with the hospital’s insurance authorization team to request insurance coverage. Patients typically need to return to a Children’s Hospital facility to have their blood drawn after insurance approves the testing.
After your referring provider requests a consultation, there are two scheduling options:
Your referring provider or the GTC genetic counselor will call you when your test results are available. If you would like, you can schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results and what they mean for you and/or your family members.
Jodie Vento, MGC, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Supervisor
Kelsey Bohnert, MRes, MS, LCGC
Christine Munro, MS, MPH, LCGC
Natasha Berman, MS, MPH, LCGC
Charlotte Skinner, MS, MPH, LCGC
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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